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12 hours, 39 minutes ago 2

 

Planning workshops one year in advance can be nerve racking!  Guessing when the fall leaves will turn a year out is, at best, a educated guess!  I’ve done it well, and I’ve done it poorly!  This fall I ran workshops in Brown County Indiana, Acadia N.P. Maine, and now we are in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina!  It’s been a triple play, three in a row!  We had peak color in Brown County and then great just past peak, but beautiful in Acadia, and now the same in the Smokies!  I arrived in Townsend at 9:00 a.m. this morning and was able to scout some of our key locations and was thrilled that the color was holding!  Let me share a few images from the morning shoot!

 

 

 

 

I’d rather live by Grace than count on my own capabilities!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

2 days, 22 hours ago 16

 

 

It’s the end of one workshop and the prep for the next.  I’m sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting to board my flight to Lexington!   Then I’ll drive to Corbin (1.5 hours), stopping in Berea where Sherelene is working in the clinic today, then it’s on to the laundry, grocery store, and then home to start laundry.  Then get the vehcile ready, pack the AV, get new clothes packed, charge batteries make name tags for the Smokies, go over the weather, and location lists, and get ready to leave for the Smokies on Wednesday morning!  ……and I’m retired!!!!!

 

Loving every minute of it, but I sure miss my family!  The workshop in Acadia ended great and Jack and I each have workshops this week in different locations, I’m with Jim Begley in the Smokies and he is doing the Columbia Gorge in Oregon.  I want to thank all the great folks that joined Jack and I in Maine, and the great folks that will be in the Smokies this week with Jim and I.  I’m having a lot of fun, hope you are!

 

Also want to thank all the folks that are buying my eBooks, we are up to over 700 downloads, I’m thrilled!  Starting November 15th I number of new ones will go in production!!!  The Fuji System User’s Guide is first on the list!

 

I just bought the new Fuji 18-135 and will test it this week and feature it at the Nelson workshop and KelbyOne class I will be taping in Nelson in  a couple of weeks!  Jim Begley loves the Nikon 28-300 and this lens approximates that for the Fuji shooters.  One thing I love about it is how very, very sharp it is and how close it will focus, I’ll put it to the test this week!!!  The shot below is with the lens, I borrowed from Mike Roberts, it’s his fault!!!  Speaking of Mike, what a great shooter he is!!!!

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

4 days, 13 hours ago 2

The third day of the workshop and the old saw must be true, third time is charmed!  We had a great sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in the fog, and then a wonderful sunset at Bass Head Lighthouse!  This has been a  great group and they have been blessed with great light and Jack and I have been blessed with a wonderful group of folks!  Here are a few of my shots from the day, have a great weekend!

 

 

Boundless blessings,

 

the pilgrim

5 days, 15 hours ago 2

 

After the Nelson Ghost Town workshop with Jack I’m doing my next KelbyOne class on “Extraction”!  Extraction is seeing the overall scene or subject and then finding the images within the overall image.  We took out students out to day to Bernard Harbor to a working lobster fishing area and let them explore visually the traps, ropes, floats and boats!  I found a pile of brilliant red and yellow floats and started with the over all shot below, and then kept moving in to sections until I got the shot above (my favorite).  Give it a try your next time out shooting and you will be surprised how much it will improve the final take!

 

 

 

The search is a great exercise in trying to determine what part of the scene speaks the loudest to you in terms of definition and impact.  This will and should be different for most of us, and it helps you develop a better sense of what you are going for in your images!  The learning process is both exciting and demanding, but worthwhile.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim